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But y ancient friends (tho' poor, or out of play) That touch my bell, I cannot turn away. "Tis true, no Turbots dignify my boards, But gudgeons, flounders, what my Thames affords: To Hounslow-heath I point and Bansted-down, Thence comes your mutton, and these chicks my 144
From yon old walnut-tree a fhow'r fhall fall; And grapes, long ling'ring on my only wall, And figs from standard and espalier join; The dev'l is in you if you
you cannot dine:
chearfulhealths(yourMistressshall haveplace) And, what's more rare, a Poet shall say Grace. 150 Fortune not much of humbling me can boast: Tho' double tax'd, how little have I loft?
My Life's amusements have been just the same,
And yours, myfriends? thro'whose free-op'ning gate
fings he receives. But it contains, too, a fober reproof of People of Condition, for their unmanly and brutal disuse of so natural a duty.
Nama propriae telluris herum natura neque illum,
Nec me, nec quemquam ftatuit. nos expulit ille;
Illum aut nequities aut f vafri infcitia juris,
Poftremum expellet certe vivacior beres.
Nunc ager Umbreni fub nomine, nuper Ofelli
Dictus erat: nulli proprius; fed cedit in usum
VER. 165. Well, if the use be mine, etc.] In a letter to this Mr. Bethel, of March 20, 1743, he fays, " My Landlady, Mrs. "Vernon, being dead, this Garden and House are offered me
in fale; and, I believe (together with the cottages on each "fide my grafs-plot next the Thames) will come at about a "thoufand pounds. If I thought any very particular friend "would be pleased to live in it after my death (for, as it is, it
ferves all my purposes as well during life) I would purchase "it; and more particularly could I hope two Things, That
(For I, who hold fage Homer's rule the best, Welcome the coming, fpeed the going guest.) 160 "Pray heav'n it laft! (cries SWIFT!) as you go on; "I wish to God this houfe had been your own: Pity! to build, without a fon or wife:
Why, you'll enjoy it only all your life." Well, if the use be mine, can it concern one, 165 Whether the name belong to Pope or Vernon? What's Property? dear Swift! you see it alter & From you to me, from me to Peter Walter; Or, in a mortgage, prove a Lawyer's fhare; Or, in a jointure, vanish from the heir; Or in pure equity (the cafe not clear) The Chanc'ry takes your rents for twenty year: At best, it falls to fome & ungracious fon, Who cries, "My father's damn'd, and all's my own. h Shades, that to BACON could retreat afford, 175 Become the portion of a booby Lord;
the Friend who fhould like it, was fo much younger and "healthier than myself, as to have a profpect of its continuing "his fome years longer than I can of its continuing mine. "But most of those I love are travelling out of the world, not "into it; and unless I have such a view given me, I have no "vanity nor pleasure that does not ftop fhort of the Grave."So that we fee, what fome of his Friends would not believe, his thoughts in profe and verfe were the fame.
VER. 170. Or, in a jointure, vanish from the heir;] The ex
Nunc mihi, nunc alii. quocirca vivite fortes,
Fortiaque adverfis opponite pectora rebus.
preffion well describes the furprize an heir must be in, to find himself excluded by that Inftrument which was made to fecure his fucceffion. For Butler humouroufly defines a Jointure to be the act whereby Parents
Their Childrens Tenants, e're they're born.
And Hemsley, once proud Buckingham's delight, Slides to a Scriv'ner or a city Knight.
Let lands and houses have what Lords they will, Let Us be fix'd, and our own masters still. 180
VER. 187. proud Buckingham's etc.] ingham.
VER. 189. Let lands and houses etc.] The turn of his imitation, in the concluding part, obliged him to diverfify the fentiment. They are equally noble: but Horace's is expressed with the greater force.
Villers Duke of Buck